Does Boston's Mayor Have Foot in Mouth Disease?
The position of Mayor Menino is patently wrong and indefensible and now he is back-tracking.
Boston Mayor Michael Minino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city.“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”The Boston Herald first reported last week that Menino warned “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston.
I wonder if the Mayor of Chicago will do the reverse moon-dance too?
The Atlanta-based chicken chain has been eyeing a space near the Freedom Trail and across the street from City Hall, among other locations, for its first eatery in Boston.“I sent (the landlord) a letter, but that’s all. There’s no pressure by me to allow this place to be rented,” he said.Menino acknowledged Cathy’s freedom to express his views, but was unapologetic about his own tough stance that’s become national news.
I guess he hadn't heard about a little thing called free speech
“Some people might not like these positions, but as mayor of the city of Boston, you can’t run and hide, and I’ll always protect people’s rights,” Menino said. “I’m right out front there and if people don’t like it, I feel sorry for them. But I’m the mayor of Boston and I get elected to make my opinions known.”